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Barcelona to drop their pursuit of Erling Haaland for the summer

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Barcelona, like several clubs across Europe, have been in the race to sign Erling Haaland. The Norwegian superstar has been one of the most clinical strikers across the top 5 leagues, scoring 25 goals and setting up six for his teammates. However, it looks like their pursuit of the striker will have to be postponed till next season, as reported by Cat Radio.

Against all odds, Borussia Dortmund have come through in the race for the Champions League spots, winning their last seven matches in a row, including the DFB Pokal final against RB Leipzig. Meanwhile, Frankfurt, who looked comfortable in fourth, lost the plot, winning just one game in their last five.

Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, would have pushed his transfer through to a bigger club had the German outfit failed to qualify for the UCL. However, now that their qualification is official, the move can take a back seat. His release clause comes into effect next season, where he could be available for €75 million, making him a lot more affordable.

Since the departure of Luis Suarez, the burden of scoring fell completely on the shoulders of Lionel Messi, who has not failed to deliver all season. However, the lack of a striker up-top has cost Barcelona several points this season. Ronald Koeman found temporary fix in Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, but neither of them are natural no. 9s and evidently could only provide purple patch solutions.

As for next season, Ronald Koeman — or whoever dictates the touchline —, will have to make do with the same attackers the team has currently, plus Sergio Aguero. His signing is all but official at this point and could be announced after the Champions League final. Memphis Depay’s name is on the cards as well, but his transfer heavily depends on the future of Ronald Koeman at Barça, which hangs in the balance right now.

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